Overwhelmed? Programs are in place to help

June 15, 2018

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It is a stressful world, and UNMC has programs in place to help its faculty, staff and students when things become overwhelming.

For staff:

Arbor Family Counseling's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to assist faculty and staff in distress.

"Because our employees are our greatest asset, UNMC provides these types of resources to ensure our employees can get help if/when needed," said Aileen Warren, assistant vice chancellor for human resources.

In addition to the EAP's off-site location and the HIPAA-compliant WebEx option, UNMC and Nebraska Medicine employees also have a dedicated space for on-site appointments. The on-site space is discreet and shares a waiting room with a clinic. All services are confidential.

A counselor is available for limited on-site sessions and can be scheduled by calling 402-330-0960. Off-site and/or WebEx sessions also can be scheduled by calling 402-330-0960, 1-800-922-7379, or by going to Arbor's website.

Service is available 24/7 by phone. Employees and their dependents each are provided five free counseling sessions per issue. In addition to counseling, Arbor Family Counseling also provides work/life balance support, educational presenters, management training, webinars and crisis counseling.

See more EAP information.

For students:
The Counseling and Student Development Center offers comprehensive counseling services available to all UNMC students and house officers.

This includes a wide range of personal/psychological therapy, academic performance enhancement, communication and behavioral consultations, and couples counseling. All of these services are highly confidential, with no electronic records. The office is located on the sixth floor of Bennett Hall. Medication referrals also are available, including a consulting psychiatrist.

Counseling services are provided free-of-charge to students, residents and fellows.

Appointments may be made by calling 402-559-7276. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Late afternoon appointments (4:30-6 p.m.) also are available with advanced scheduling.

For immediate crisis assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call the Boys Town National Hotline, 800-448-3000.

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Bill Roccaforte
June 15, 2018 at 1:28 PM

Excellent information for UNMC staff and trainees. It would be even more helpful if the title did not suggest one should wait until they are overwhelmed before seeking help.